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Complacency nearly cost Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final 0

Posted on April 19, 2015 by David Nugent

As we all know Arsenal made it through to the FA Cup final courtesy of 2-1 extra-time victory over Championship Reading at Wembley on Saturday.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described the victory as ‘a bit lucky’, after keeper Adam Federici allowed Alexis Sanchez’s effort slip under his body and squirm over the goal line.

In truth it was a horrendous mistake from the Australian international, but if it was not for his performance in normal-time the game would not even have got to extra-time in the first place.


Szczesny feared the worst when Reading fought back 0

Posted on April 19, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny admits he was somewhat fearful of Reading when the Championship side fought their way back in this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final. The Royals put in a fantastic performance against the Gunners, but were robbed in extra time following an error from goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Prior to that, Reading kept themselves in the game, played some good football, and created chances of their own to score. Ultimately they fell shot in the end on Saturday evening, but Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny was taking nothing for granted until the final whistle went, as the Polish shot-stopper was very wary of Reading’s threat.

Wenger admits Arsenal were ‘lucky’ in FA Cup semi-final win against Reading 0

Posted on April 19, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side were perhaps “lucky” to see past Reading in the FA Cup semi-finals, with an error from goalkeeper Adam Federici gifting the Gunners an extra time win they hardly deserved. The victory sees them into the FA Cup final, where they will face Liverpool or Aston Villa, but this weekend’s clash almost mirrored last season’s FA Cup semi-final fixture against Wigan, that saw Arsenal having to win on penalties.

Jack Wilshere ‘could be available for Saturday’ 0

Posted on April 18, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could well feature for the Gunners in their FA Cup semi-final clash against Reading on Saturday evening, with the England international having return from his latest injury.

“We have a big squad available for selection and we just have Arteta (match fitness) and Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) unavailable. Everybody else should be alright. (Jack Wilshere) has improved physically and I think he is available for selection on Saturday,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Ramsey: FA Cup anxiety gone following last season’s triumph 0

Posted on April 18, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says the Gunners’ anxiety ahead of this evening’s FA Cup semi-final has completely gone following last season’s triumph in the competition.

“That sort of pressure has gone because we won something last season, so there is no more of this nine years (without a trophy talk) That’s gone, but we are big favourites and we have to go into the game switched on and ready for (Reading), because anything can happen in these stages of the FA Cup,” he said.

Arsenal Wenger “proud” to hit 10 FA Cup semi-finals with Arsenal 0

Posted on April 17, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he’s “proud” to have reached 10 FA Cup finals with the Gunners, ahead of this weekend’s clash at Wembley against Reading. The London outfit have won the competition five times under the Frenchman, with their most recent triumph coming last season.

They are favourites to retain the FA Cup this campaign, and Wenger is delighted that Arsenal are in a position to defend the trophy, and to have made 10 semi-finals during his time in charge. He said: “You do not play 10 semi-finals if you do not prepare properly for these games. I’m proud of that consistency. It’s still the same excitement in a game like that as it was in the first one.”

Danny Welbeck confident of becoming a prolific scorer at Arsenal 0

Posted on April 17, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

After Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck was criticised by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who said the England international wasn’t on the same level as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, the 24-year-old has chosen to ignore the Dutch coach, and instead is adamant he can become a prolific scorer for the Gunners.

“I think I’ve put in a few good performances and been a bit unlucky on the goals front, which is something I know will come in abundance once I come to know everything with the club. Everyone is entitled to their opinion – some you like, some you don’t. It’s football, it’s life. You deal with it. You’ve got to be strong mentally living the life of being a professional footballer – there’s a lot of people out to get you,” he said.

Wenger confident of Walcott stay 0

Posted on April 16, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident that his club will keep hold of the services of England winger Theo Walcott this summer. Walcott will have just 12 months left on his Gunners contract in July, but talks are yet to take place over a new deal.


However, it is being reported that talks about a contract extension are planned for the next few weeks. Gunners boss Wenger is confident of a deal being struck. Talking about whether Walcott would say, the veteran Frenchman told Sky Sports: “Yes, I’m confident,”

Mertesacker confident Arsenal can avoid a giant-killing by Reading on Saturday 0

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender and vice-captain Per Mertesacker believes the Gunners are in much better shape to get the job done in the FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley without any upsets, after last season’s penalty shootout against Wigan Athletic in the same round.

The German international feels the Londoners are full of confidence, and have too much quality in the side for their opposition. Arsenal are coming off the back of eight consecutive Premier League wins, and have beaten the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United in all competitions.

Wellington Silva finally cleared to play for Arsenal 0

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Wellington Silva is finally allowed to play for the Gunners, after the 22-year-old was given a new Spanish passport following his time away on loan. It’s been four long years that Wellington has been waiting to be eligible for Arsenal, and supporters are looking forward to seeing what he can do.

“The good thing is slow in coming, but arrives with the greatest satisfaction in the world,” he said, via his Twitter account, with his Spanish passport pictured.

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